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“She’s not getting the house”….so this happens!

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

As a family lawyer with 20 years’ experience in trying to resolve some of the most bitter, intractable disputes between separating spouses, there are occasions when you think you’ve seen it all. Then, something happens that restores your belief that there are no lengths to which someone will go to “get one over” on the … Continue reading ““She’s not getting the house”….so this happens!”


I’m Late! Understanding time limits in the Family Court

Greg Martinovich
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

“within 12 months” and “within 2 years” – what do these phrases mean? When parties to a relationship separate, it is generally considered to be in their best interests if their financial relationship is also brought to a conclusion. Limitation period for married couples The above principle is given express legislative force by way of … Continue reading “I’m Late! Understanding time limits in the Family Court”


Changes to Restraining Orders Law in WA

Last Updated on 29/01/2019

Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016 Regarded by the State Attorney General’s office as the biggest overhaul of family violence legislation in Western Australia’s history, The Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Act 2016 (WA) (“the Amended Act”) passed through State Parliament on 17 November 2016. The Amended Act … Continue reading “Changes to Restraining Orders Law in WA”


Property Settlement: The Dangers of Trivial Pursuits!

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

As family lawyers regularly working on property settlements, it is not uncommon for us to see parties willing to spend disproportionate amounts of time, energy – and fees – on disputing the ownership of assets which can often be worth less than an invoice sent to the client for dealing with the issue! Case example … Continue reading “Property Settlement: The Dangers of Trivial Pursuits!”


Please! Be careful how you browse online – a Family Lawyer’s perspective

Rodney Worth
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

You are being tracked… If you are thinking of separating, you have likely jumped on to Google to start researching divorce, property settlement and arrangements for your children, and how to go about achieving these outcomes. In the process, I assume you will have visited the website of the Family Court of Western Australia, and … Continue reading “Please! Be careful how you browse online – a Family Lawyer’s perspective”


De Facto Relationship Law – Is My Partner Entitled To Half The House?

Milos Supljeglav
Managing Director
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 04/07/2019

Believe it or not, Family Lawyers are actually human and often partake in a drink or two at their local watering hole.  Whilst participating in such a favoured past time, I am often brought into and/or overhear conversations about the legal status and implications of de facto relationships in Australia. During the course of those … Continue reading “De Facto Relationship Law – Is My Partner Entitled To Half The House?”


Disclosure in Family Law Cases – Some Practical Tips

Greg Martinovich
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

What is disclosure? Disclosure is the process whereby each party to a legal dispute exchanges relevant documents in their possession or control. Parties of family law cases have a duty to exchange both documents that are helpful and detrimental to their case. The aim of disclosure is to help the parties focus on genuine issues, … Continue reading “Disclosure in Family Law Cases – Some Practical Tips”


Does watching porn make you a bad parent?

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

Case in point: Loffler-Wingrove and Wingrove [2015] FCWA 55 The parents in this case applied for parenting orders in circumstances where, since separating in 2011, they had shared care of the children on a day-about basis. At Trial, the Mother raised concerns about the Father watching porn, and using cannabis. The matter was heard by Walters J. … Continue reading “Does watching porn make you a bad parent?”


Relocation – Things to consider for your first meeting with a lawyer

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

The transient nature of the Northern Territory, the nature of the employment opportunities in the Top End (such as mining and defence) and the high cost of living often means that families negotiating how they will parent following a separation will also have to give consideration to relocation, where one parent seeks to move a … Continue reading “Relocation – Things to consider for your first meeting with a lawyer”


The Need for Speed? – Post-Separation Settlement

Ross Dunlop
Consultant
Barrister and Solicitor

Last Updated on 20/03/2019

As highlighted in my previous article “Why do I need a Family Lawyer?”, a failure to finalise your property settlement with your former spouse/partner as promptly as possible after separation can have drastic consequences on the outcome.  No family law case highlights this more painfully – at least, for high-income parties – than the decision in Trask … Continue reading “The Need for Speed? – Post-Separation Settlement”